It will be easiest if I draw attention to the anomalies in series of steps. Then if I am making mistakes or reading things wrongly, it should be straightforward for one of those involved to draw attention to where my missteps are.
(2) Next, go to the Preliminary Report, page 32, figure 7. This picture is supposed to represent "inside ossuary 5, kokh 3". Tabor explains "We were able to see inside one of the ossuaries that had a piece of its end broken off (presently in kokh 3, ossuary 5)". He notes that the chalk mark "5" is seen inside and that this mark was made in 1981. Tabor and Jacobovici, The Jesus Discovery likewise describes this as ossuary 5.* What I don't understand is how this can be ossuary 5. In this picture, ossuary 5 has a domed lid and not the flat lid that we saw above in (1). Moreover, there are no signs of the "end broken off" in the pictures of ossuary 5. These do not appear to be the same ossuary.
(3) Now go to the 1981 Photo of Ossuary 4 (right) with faint inscription in Greek on the Jesus Discovery Website. This is kokh 2, arranged as it was in 1981, with ossuary 5 on the left and ossuary 4 on the right. At this point, it is necessary to point out that the numbering and positioning of the ossuaries changed between Kloner's hasty 1981 survey and the recent survey, and the differences can be seen straightforwardly by comparing Kloner's 1981 map (Preliminary Report, p. 30, fig. 3) with Tabor's 2012 map (Preliminary Report, p. 38, fig. 16). Luckily, in this case, ossuaries 4 and 5 have the same numbering in 1981 and 2012. With that important point to one side, take a careful look at ossuary 5 on the left in this picture. Notice that again it has a domed lid and it is broken. It looks nothing like ossuary 5 with the flat lid we saw above in (1).
(4) Now return again to the Complete Findings on the Jesus Discovery Website. Look at the picture of Ossuary 4 at the bottom. It is described here as "Plain (Not fully explored)", (though contrast Tabor, Preliminary Report, p. 14, "ornamented"). It is not easy to see, but it clearly has a domed lid and it looks like it has a piece that has been repaired in a kind of wide "U" shape. This is curious because the 1981 Photo of Ossuary 4 depicts a ossuary with a flat top, not a domed top, and an elaborate decoration that you can just see on its facade. It is clearly not "plain". What we can see of ossuary 4 in the 2011 photograph does not look anything like ossuary 4 from 1981. In fact, if anything, it looks like the picture of ossuary 5 from 1981, to the left of ossuary 4. That has the domed top and the broken, wide U shaped hole.
(5) I can only go on the photographs that we have so far, but at this point I can't see how the broken ossuary with a domed lid (1981's ossuary 5) can be the same ossuary as the apparently in-tact ossuary with a flat lid (2011's ossuary 5) that is now sitting in front of the "Jonah" ossuary . Similarly, 1981's ossuary 4 cannot be 2011's ossuary 4. In relation to this, I have some further questions:
- When one looks carefully at the 1981 Photo of Ossuary 4, the patterning on the facade, which is only just visible, looks identical to the patterning on the museum replica of ossuary 5 (Preliminary Report, p. 40, fig. 19). Could it be, then, that Kloner's ossuary 4 is actually Jacobovici and Tabor's ossuary 5? Better pictures of the corners of ossuary 5 from 2011 could help to confirm or deny this. I repeat that I am only posing the question on the basis of the scant evidence that I can see.
- Ossuary 2 in kokh 2 (2011; "Highly Decorated") also looks like it has similar markings to the 1981 Photo of Ossuary 4. However, the resemblance is not as close as it is to the museum replica; also ossuary 2 has a domed lid and not a flat lid.
- The lid on the floor in the 1981 photograph of kokh 1 looks similar to the lid that we see under (2) above, i.e. the lid that is described as belonging to ossuary 5, kokh 3. It is claimed that this ossuary was originally in kokh 2, though, and not kokh 1. It may not be the same lid.
I apologize for the somewhat technical nature of this post. It emerges from my attempt to understand the findings presented, and to work out how the 1981 investigation coheres with the 2011 one.
* "Although we were not allowed to move anything in the tomb, not even a hair’s breadth, one of the lids of Kloner’s ossuary 5 was ajar and we could actually peer inside with our cameras and see bones. The circled chalk mark “5” was still visible inside the bone box," Tabor, James D.; Jacobovici, Simcha, The Jesus Discovery (Kindle Locations 1006-1008). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.